On February 27, Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2023 was held in Barcelona, Spain. General manager of China Mobile Dong Xin attended the conference and gave a keynote speech.
Mr. Dong Xin stressed that "digitalization" is one of the most certain global trends in the next decade. If we see "digitalization" as a seed, once it sprouts from the ground, it will thrive and grow into a forest. How to play a bigger role and make greater progress in this process, China Mobile would like to promote "New Actions" to achieve five "one to three".
First, to upgrade "New Network" and expand network functions from "Connectivity" to one-stop service of "Connectivity + Computing Force + Capability". With the accelerated progress of "intelligent connection of everything", connectivity among tens of billions of humans, machines and things continue to generate massive high-value data, making data processing a common demand of the whole society. The booming rise of AI-generated content accelerates the exponential growth of the demand for multi-level Computing Force in cloud, edge and terminal, to boost a new round of information technology application development. Take China Mobile as an example, in recent years, based on our 5G + fiber "dual-gigabit" network, we have integrated 7.8 EFLOPS computing resources and opened nearly 900 digital-intelligent capabilities, serving the demand for more than 150 billion deployments from various customers in 2022. China Mobile believes that network is a solid foundation for the sustainable development of digitalization, as well as an important carrier for the integrated innovation of new generation information technology. We are delighted to work together and make full use of the network advantages, including wide coverage, fast transmission and high level of security, to jointly build new information infrastructure and carry out research on the architecture and deployment of next-gen network, lowering the threshold of IT application for the whole society.
Secondly, to promote "New Operation" and expand operation driving forces from "Human-oriented" to comprehensive development of "Human + Data + Intelligence". With the extensive application of information technology, human knowledge has been pooling in intelligent machines. "Data-driven decision-making" provides new ideas for corporate governance. IT departments are becoming "the second human resources department" at a faster pace in many enterprises. For instance, China Mobile is applying "digital employees" in areas such as network operation & maintenance and customer services, which frees manpower from massive amount of highly repetitive work, and greatly improves our productivity. Operation is the key to digitalization, as well as the best testbed for new information technology. China Mobile is delighted to work with partners to accelerate network cloudification, virtualization and intelligentization, and strengthen innovative practice of information technology throughout the process of production, operation and management, to explore new models, tools and approaches of enterprise operation, and make the ICT industry a global benchmark for digital transformation.
Thirdly, to develop "New Sci-tech" and expand innovation from "Business" to comprehensive development of "Business + Technology + Theory". With the new generation information technology entering a critical period, the rapid development of disruptive technologies such as deep learning, quantum information and brain-computer interface constantly create new opportunities, which greatly shorten the transition from technology to application, and open up a new path to benefit humankind. China Mobile is promoting joint innovations together with industries, academia, research institutions and users. Based on 5G and space-air-ground integrated network technologies, we built "drone" base stations, which have been successfully applied to emergency relief of rainstorms and earthquakes, effectively safeguarding the communication “lifeline” of disaster areas. Sci-tech is indispensable for the prosperity of digitalization, as well as the commonwealth of human society. China Mobile is delighted to accelerate research on communications and information, to facilitate innovations, explore cutting-edge applications of information technology, and inject strong impetus into economic and social development.
Fourthly, to cultivate "New Products" and expand service scopes from "Lifestyle" to multi-scenario applications of "Lifestyle + Production + Governance". With the booming development of digital economy, people's lifestyle is going digital, intelligent and cloud based. The demand for information technology to improve productivity is surging across industries. Data is playing a greater role in promoting more accurate, efficient and fair allocation of social resources. China Mobile is working with partners to build "5G+ smart factories" and a 5G private network covering an area of more than 5 million square meters. The project has successfully solved the challenges of “extreme manufacturing”, and made one of the world's leading manufacturing bases. Information service products are key paths to realize the value of digitalization, as well as important drivers to transform the way of production and living. China Mobile will explore new scenarios, products and business models, to accelerate the adoption of smart living, smart factory, smart city and other applications. We’ll constantly meet the personalized needs of large-scale users to accelerate the penetration of new information technology.
Last but not least, to build "New Eco-system" and expand cooperation models from "Industry" to in-depth integration of "Industry + Technology + Capital". The accelerated penetration of information technology into core areas of various industries generates urgent demand for cross-industry knowledge sharing. Ecological collaboration in a wider range, at a deeper and higher level has increasingly become a must for the industry to prosper and grow. In recent years, China Mobile is broadening digital eco-system landscape. We have invested in 58 enterprises, set up 20 joint innovation institutions, and gathered more than 300 thousand global partners. The eco-system is a favorable environment for digitalization to flourish, as well as the essential path to accelerate global digital transformation. China Mobile will carry out international cooperation on technology standards, global services and green development to demonstrate our corporate responsibility. We will strengthen deep collaboration with research institutes, venture capitals and cross-industry enterprises to build a win-win eco-system for a shared future, allowing more digitalization achievements to be more equally shared around the world.
Mr. Dong Xin stressed that at present, the world is ushering in a new era of digital development. China Mobile is delighted to take this great global mobile industry event as an opportunity to work together with a broader ICT community to seize the opportunities of the digital decade, promote integrated innovation, and set sail to the boundless "Blue Ocean" of digitalization.